Baby merchandising: Lagos Police nab Kidnapping Syndicate




The Lagos State Police Command has smashed a syndicate that specialises in abducting and selling children at the Ejigbo reported Thisday Live.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, said 2 members of a kidnapping syndicate were caught while negotiating the sale of an abducted 2-weeks-old baby, when they were nabbed.

He said: “A police officer attached to the Motor Traffic Division of Ejigbo Police Division, while controlling traffic at Jakande Gate in Ejigbo, noticed some sort of commotion close to her traffic point.

“She (the traffic police officer) intervened and discovered that a lady named Gift Michael, 24, was found with a suspected new born baby. In her company was her ‘madam’, one Florence Nkem Douglas, 50, both of Ijegun area of Isheri.

“They were about to be mobbed due to the alarm raised by those who had been trailing the duo from their residence in Ijegun, as the whole community had been suspecting them for long for being in the business of buying and selling babies in their maternity clinic.

“The two women were arrested and the baby rescued and taken to Ejigbo Divisional Police headquarters where an in-depth investigation was conducted.

“The Investigation revealed that the said Douglas, a native of Igueben in Edo State, who is not a registered nurse, operates two maternity clinics-Flofidel Clinic and Maternity Homes with branches in 182 Shosanya Street, Ijegun road and Okunola Ijagemo areas.

“On interrogation, Mrs. Douglas admitted to have been in the business of baby sales for a while.

“She revealed that a baby girl is referred to as ‘Pink’ while a baby boy is called ‘Blue’, and are both referred to as ‘Market.

One of the suspect, Mrs. Douglas also said that the male baby found in their custody at Jakande Gate was brought to her from Gombe State enroute Akure, Ondo State, and was to be sold for N500, 000.”

The rescued baby, who appeared ill with symptoms suspected to be jaundice, was promptly taken to the hospital for medical attention.

Elkana, said, pictures of about 50 different babies were found in the phone of the suspects, the babies may all have been sold off, which she disclosed that such babies are usually sold between N500,000.00 and N1million depending on their sex.

The police PRO noted that the state Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, has already ordered the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, to take over the investigation and ensure that other members of the syndicate are apprehended.




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